The leader of Britain's college managers is to quit FE to become chief executive of one of the country's largest unitary authorities.
Steve Broomhead, president elect of the Association of College Management, is to leave his post as principal of Warrington Collegiate Institute for the top job at Warrington Council, which takes control of all local services in the area from next April.
Mr Broomhead, 41, has no background in local government administration nor the compulsory education service his new authority will run. He made his mark as one of the country's youngest principals, becoming principal of Peterlee College at 33.
He said the move to local government was a natural progression, and pledged to foster adult education and lifelong learning in his new post.
Mr Broomhead, who sits on the board of the Basic Skills Agency, said: "The existence of the Labour Government made me think this sort of move would be right."